Jeanette Acosta brought an impressive record to UC Hastings.
She interned for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She led a scholarship fund for low-income students at USC. She founded a learning center for immigrant families in Hollister. On a Fulbright grant, she studied education policy in Zacatecas, Mexico. She earned a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Law school was a natural next step for someone with Acosta’s public service ambitions, and UC Hastings has proven to be the ideal incubator. “Supreme court, district court, attorney general—the law school is a stone’s throw from anything you could want as a law student,” she says. Acosta has already built a formidable foundation through intensive legal writing and research, plus moot court. Next, through the law school’s Sacramento clinic, she’ll experience the rare chance to work closely with a California senate or assembly member.
With a deep appreciation for education instilled by her grandparents, immigrants from Mexico, Acosta is grateful to alumni whose support makes UC Hastings a uniquely immersive experience. Investments now, Acosta believes, are essential to preparing future graduates for success as the world in which they will apply their education continues to evolve.